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Spring 2024 Principal Message

Dear Elms Family,

With spring’s arrival, we are hopping with excitement at Elms! The days are longer, the weather is warmer, flowers are blooming, and the birds are chirping about all of the exciting opportunities Elms has to offer.

 Career Day:

In January, we celebrated Green Career Day, which was a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to providing enriching educational opportunities for our students. As a highlight of the event, I am delighted to share a video recap capturing the energy and enthusiasm of our students as they immersed themselves in the world of green careers. Please take a moment to watch the video and share the excitement of this memorable day. I am incredibly proud of our students for their curiosity, enthusiasm, and passion for sustainability. By providing opportunities like Green Career Day, we are empowering our students to become informed global citizens who are equipped to tackle the environmental challenges of tomorrow.

Read Across America Week:

We held our Read Across America Readathon the week of March 4th. Throughout the week, we welcomed guest readers from the community to read to our students. Students also participated in a friendly reading competition in which we raffled off great prizes to our readers. The week began with a Read Across America night at which The One and Only Ivan was introduced through our One School, One Book initiative. At Elms we are wild about reading!

Harlem Wizards vs. Elms All Stars:

Our very own Elms Faculty All Stars recently took on the world-famous Harlem Wizards in front of a packed house at Jackson Memorial High School. Although the Elms All Stars did not get the victory, a great time was had by all. Several students even got the opportunity to participate in a halftime performance and a Wizards meet and greet!

FireSmart Controlled Burn Trip:

Our FireSmart club, along with the Student Green Team and Team Tiger Leaders, were able to witness a controlled burn thanks to our local fire departments and the Forest Resource Education Center. Controlled burns, also known as prescribed burns, are important to our local ecosystem and help to keep our community safe! This is another example of Elms’ commitment to teaching our students about real world issues affecting their environment.  We are so proud of our students on Firesmart, GreenTeam and Team Tiger Leaders!

Step Back in Time Day:

On Friday, March 8th, our school participated in Step Back in Time Day. This exciting event allowed students to visit with their previous year’s teachers while catching up with old classmates and participating in fun reading activities.

BagPipe Parade and Preschool Parade:

Our hallways were filled with the sound of bagpipes and lots of green in March! Students and staff enjoyed the celebration and traditional music. Special thanks to our preschool teachers and students who did their annual seasonal parade!


District Spelling Bee:

The district spelling bee was held on Tuesday, March 19th at JLHS. The event showcased our top spellers from all district elementary schools. Congratulations to Anastasia D. on a second place finish district wide!

Battle of the Books:

March Madness is in the air!  March Madness is on the college basketball court and March Madness is also alive in each classroom at Elms.  We are proud to share that Team Tiger Leaders have launched our 3rd annual “ Book Madness” or “Battle of the Books”. Team Tiger Leaders chose eight books for classrooms to read and review.  Students in PK-5 vote daily to choose their favorite book selection. Following the bracket system, Elms readers continue to narrow down their favorite selections until we get to the Final Four.  Elms prides itself on being a community of readers, teachers and staff are committed to develop a love of reading in fun and creative ways!

Celebrating Success:

Congratulations to the Elms 2023 - 2024 Educators of the Year, Melissa Zecca and Jackie Burnside.  Ms. Zecca, first grade teacher, and Ms. Burnside, paraprofessional, are excellent educators whose compassion and commitment to education is to be applauded. In addition to being phenomenal assets to the Elms educational program, they go above and beyond to enhance the overall school experience.  Directing the Science Club, making connections in childcare, spearheading fundraisers, volunteering for family nights, and supporting colleagues are just some of the ways that Ms. Zecca and Ms. Burnside make Elms a special place.  Congratulations again to our amazing educators of the year!!  You make Elms proud!


PAWS-itive Character Education:

“Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others.” - Barry Bonds

At Elms, we make it our  priority to recognize students for demonstrating strong and positive character.  Our character education initiatives promote, model, and recognize students that strive to make Elms a welcoming, rewarding, and safe environment.  Our PAWS-itive Program encourages students to grow and develop into upstanding Elms community members.  Elms faculty are asked to fill out PAWS-itive Behavior Coupons to acknowledge students who act as respectful, caring, trustworthy, fair, and responsible citizens in school.  The coupons are brought down to the guidance office mailbox for monthly recognition.  Students who are selected will receive a certificate, small prizes, and a group photo which will be proudly displayed in the hallway.  Our goal is to create more rewarding lives and a positive culture for our students and school.  With this initiative we can:

  • Teach children how to reach out and express love, respect, and appreciation of others


  • Help children become less self-centered and more considerate of others 


  • Create more positive home and school environments and connections

 Report Cards: 

Please be sure to access your child’s report card on the district portal website.  Report cards will be available on the portal to parents on March 25th, 2024. Also, please remember that if your Portal log-in does not work, please try the “Forgot My Password” link above BEFORE contacting support, as most issues will be resolved through that feature.  Please note that the “Forgot Password” link will work only with parents who have an email as their login ID. For questions or problems with your login ID or password (or if you do not have them), please send an email to and include your name and phone number, as well as your child’s name, school, grade, student ID number and the problem you are experiencing, and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Please contact the school directly if you have any questions. We will be glad to help you.


Warm Regards,

Michael Burgos           

Kevin McCann